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Business Insider 3-9-17… “Tesla is powering the Hawaiian island of Kauai with more than 54,000 solar panels and its giant battery packs”

Saturday, March 11, 2017 1:26
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Tesla solar array on Ta’u Island, American Samoa

I see this as potentially a great idea for the smaller islands (including possibly Big Island). The comment I made on the video (at end) was “a great place for these would be on the west side (Kekaha). And particularly many of us on the islands would like to see these REPLACE all of the GMO test fields (that spray pesticides near populated town of Kekaha)”. I liked that comment (in all humility).

There’s absolutely no reason the islands should not be completely energy self-sufficient. Eventually we’ll have the “free energy” (overunity) devices which use zero acreage and power each home, independently.

We’ll see where this goes.

“Tesla will power the Hawaiian island of Kauai with solar panels and its giant battery packs… The solar farm is composed of 54,978 solar panels with 13 megawatts of solar generation capacity. Tesla has also installed 272 of its large commercial battery, Powerpack 2, to store the solar energy to use at night.

“The project is expected to reduce fossil fuel use by approximately 1.6 million gallons per year.

“KIUC signed a contract with Tesla to purchase 1 kilowatt-hour of electricity for $.139 over a 20-year time frame.”

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Tesla is powering the Hawaiian island of Kauai with more than 54,000 solar panels and its giant battery packs

Tesla will power the Hawaiian island of Kauai with solar panels and its giant battery packs.

Tesla officially unveiled the project Wednesday morning in Kauai following opening remarks by CTO JB Straubel and David Ige, governor of Hawaii. Tesla partnered with the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) to launch the project.

The solar farm is composed of 54,978 solar panels with 13 megawatts of solar generation capacity. Tesla has also installed 272 of its large commercial battery, Powerpack 2, to store the solar energy to use at night.

The project is expected to reduce fossil fuel use by approximately 1.6 million gallons per year, Tesla estimates. Tesla will begin turning on the massive solar system in phases.

Tesla is diving into solar energy following its acquisition of SolarCity last November. Tesla is also powering nearly the entire island of Ta’u in American Samoa with solar power and its Powerpacks.

KIUC signed a contract with Tesla to purchase 1 kilowatt-hour of electricity for $.139 over a 20-year time frame.

Before Tesla acquired SolarCity, the two companies agreed in February 2016 to use Tesla’s 52 MWh Powerpack to bring 20 years of power to Kaua’i, so this project has been in the works for quite a bit.

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https://youtu.be/fkQBVoS9lAo

Filed under: energies, new energies Tagged: Kauai, solar energy, Tesla



Source: https://kauilapele.wordpress.com/2017/03/10/business-insider-3-9-17-tesla-is-powering-the-hawaiian-island-of-kauai-with-more-than-54000-solar-panels-and-its-giant-battery-packs/

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